moonrise, sunrise and UN-wooded isle

Here are a couple links to articles defending non-native species.  Perhaps we’ve gone overboard when we consider that all non-native species are bad for the environment and must be removed.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129621.400-loving-the-alien-a-defence-of-nonnative-species.html#.VQhFp2bN4Tk

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140724-invasive-species-conservation-biology-extinction-climate-science/

All photos were taken in Hyde Park (Chicago) during the last few weeks.  Habitat destruction at Wooded Isle photos are at the end of this post

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Bohemian waxwing

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Bohemian waxwing

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male and female white-winged scoter

Female red-breasted merganser with a few white-winged scoters

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moonrise over Lake MIchigan

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sunrise over Lake Michigan

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mystery track with 2 inch red ball for scale

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common merganser showing off red foot

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lots of healthy trees cut down

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middle of the wooded isle

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near Osaka Garden

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lots of very old, very big trees were cut down, dogs for scale

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wood chips from all the trees cut down, dog for scale

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Poplar trees cut down from bobolink meadow

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brush cut down, lots of habitat for nesting birds removed

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Young oak tree–all replacement trees are going to be 3 inches wide

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red oshier dogwood taken out too. Don’t know why it was on the hit list, native and not invasive

About Us and Contact Us

Beyond the screen of your laptop and your smartphone, nature is alive and well!  Come enjoy!

Jane Masterson is a local photographer and Hyde Park Nature Walk guide.  When she was an adjunct college professor, her students observed plants and birds, collected data and tested hypotheses to try to answer questions such as why some plants bloomed earlier than others and why woodpeckers migrated through before orioles.  And while she no longer teaches at the college level, Jane still enjoys encouraging others to explore the Chicago wilderness.  She promises, no quizzes!  Whether you’d just like to look at the photos of Hyde Park wildlife on this blog or want to come out for a Nature Walk, Welcome!

Next Nature Walk:

Moon watch and Nature walks on hold for now.

Interested in helping save Hyde Park’s wild spots:  habitat for our local wildlife and migrating birds may be replaced by a music venue and concession stand unless you speak up.   Want to help prevent this?  Check out savethisspace.com  and sign up for emails from jacksonparkwatch.com

Contact us with any questions or to discuss setting up a time for a Nature Walk.  Feel free to call (773 – 502 – 3159) or to fill out the form below:

Nature walk/Supermoon watch tonight (rain date, Sunday July 13)

Meet at east door of Science and Industry Museum tonight at 6:30 pm.  Meet at the Fieldhouse on the Point at 8:15 pm for 8:26 moonrise.  Hope to see you there. Rain date, Sunday 6:30 pm for walk,  9 pm for moonrise at 9:10 pm)

None of these photos, except the rainbow ring around the sun, were taken in Hyde Park.  All of these birds can be seen in Jackson Park.

This is a courting display.  I’ve seen a more dramatic version of this head bob but this guy gets extra points for displaying during a strong wind.  This call has been described as sounding like a rusty pump handle.

fledgling blue jay begging

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hungry blue jay fledgling

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“To see a Sun or Moon Halo…you need high, thin cirrus clouds which are usually at altitudes above 20,000 feet. These high altitude cirrus clouds are mostly made of ice crystals which refract the sunlight much like a prism will.  Your typical rainbow is seen as a partial circle or arc. Rainbows are round but the ground prevents you from seeing the full rainbow unless you are high above it…or below it like today.” parphased from Boston weather man

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Eastern Towhee singing “drink your tea”

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fledgling baltimore oriole (3 photos)  The Jackson Park orioles have fledged too but I saw an oriole sitting on her nest today so we may get a second batch of fledglings.

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General Nature Walk Information – Schedule– nature walks on hold for now

Despite being one of the largest cities of the world, Chicago still provides many opportunities to enjoy nature.

WHO:

Nature Walks are put on by Pass It On Chicago.  Jane Masterson is a local photographer and Hyde Park Nature Walk Guide.

WHAT:

On Nature Walks, which are generally scheduled on the New Moon and Full Moon each month, we walk through Jackson Park, and on the Full Moon Walks, after the Nature Walk,  we head over to Promontory Point to watch the Full Moon rise over the Lake.

WHERE:

Jackson Park and The Point.  We meet at the East door of the Museum of Science and Industry (for more information, feel free to call us at 773 – 502 – 3159). You can get to The Point by walking through the underpass at 55th Street and Lake Shore Drive.

WHY:

Nature Walks are FREE and provide many benefits to your overall health and well-being!

WHEN:

Following are the 2017 New Moons and Full Moons, when our Nature Walks are scheduled (feel free to call with any questions or up-to-the-minute schedule updates 773 – 502 – 3159)

Moon watch at 7:23 on Sunday February  12, come a little before if you want to see the moon rise. If you can’t make the meeting but have ideas on how we can make Hyde Park more dog friendly,  please leave a message at 773 913 2030.  Meet at the lake near the Field House on the Point.  There is a parking lot and an underpass at 55th and Lake Shore Drive.

To request a Nature Walk or contact me, please fill in the contact form below:

Weekly Bird Walks in Jackson Park

Patricia Durkin (pat.durkin@comcast.net) organizes weekly bird walks in Wooded Island.  Walks are year round every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. (currently cancelled due to work in Jackson Park) and Saturday at 8 a.m.  Birders meet at the Darrow Bridge which is located south of the Museum of Science and Industry.  Ample parking is available east of Darrow Bridge and is accessible from 5800 South Lake Shore Drive.  Wooded Island bird reports are available at http://www.chicagoaudubon.org

Website with Plant and Animal Photos – Jackson Park and vicinity

http://www.naturalhistorychicago.com

Yahoo Group run by Illinois Birders

For a more extensive list of what birds are present in Chicago and surrounding areas, email Ilbirds@yahoogroups.com.  If you set your subscription to digest, you will receive a group of posts (instead of receiving individual posts).

Check out this listserv online

http://www.experienceemiquon.com/content/all-ibet-listings